139286-cover2A Confederacy of Dunces is one of the great comic novels of the 20th century; unfortunately its author did not live to see his work acclaimed. Frustrated by the publishing world’s rebuffs, John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 unpublished, impoverished and unhinged. Twelve years later it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The book, beloved by the people of New Orleans, whose people and their mores Toole depicted with forensic accuracy, has since become the book Hollywood has tried most to film and so far failed...


Have you read it? I’m afraid I never have, though it’s been on my TBR pile for years. I certainly rec. this 30 minute documentary about the history of the book, and the many failed attempts to film it. A click on the pic takes you to BBCi, where you can catch it any time, until 18th March.